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Thursday, June 30: Arsenio Hall Hosts ABC’s Greatest Hits

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Thursday, June 30

Greatest Hits
ABC, 9pm
New Series!
Arsenio Hall and Kelsea Ballerini host this six-episode series that features hitmakers from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. Each episode will highlight a five-year period celebrating the biggest hits from that era, with iconic artists taking the stage and performing the hits that defined the time.

Soccer: UEFA Euro, Quarterfinal
ESPN2, 2:30pm Live
The final eight teams in the UEFA Euro 2016 soccer tournament enter the quarterfinal round beginning with today’s match in Marseilles, France. ESPN2 and ESPN combine to televise all four games through July 3.

North Woods Law: “Excuses, Excuses”
Animal Planet, 9pm
As hunting season heats up in Maine, the game wardens use both humans and technology to gather information while protecting the great outdoors. Warden Blanchard catches an intentional violator red-handed, while Wardens Carter and McBrine exercise a search warrant on a poacher they’ve had run-ins with in the past.

Shark Week 2016
Discovery Channel, 9pm
Check out two new Shark Week specials tonight: Nuclear Sharks visits the Bikini Atoll to explore a marine environment once destroyed by nuclear testing during the Cold War; Jungle Shark visits Costa Rica to learn why young bull sharks swim up the Serena River, and how they avoid crocodiles that live there.

Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge: “Spartan vs. Ninja”
NBC, 9pm
Six new teams compete on the most grueling obstacle course ever made.

Thirteen, Part 2
BBC America, 10pm
After abductee Ivy (Jodie Comer) is reunited with her family, tensions rise as Ivy begins to drop unsettling hints about her life in captivity. Also, the police discover that Ivy’s story conflicts with surveillance footage of her and her abductor at a shopping mall.

FX, 10pm
Season Premiere!

Denis Leary is back as Johnny Rock for a 10-episode second season of comedy Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, following the adventures of Johnny’s dysfunctional rock ’n’ roll family: Gigi (Elizabeth Gillies), Flash (John Corbett), Ava (Elaine Hendrix), Bam Bam (Robert Kelly) and Rehab (John Ales).

Aquarius: “Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey”
NBC, 10pm
Internal Affairs turns up the heat on Hodiak (David Duchovny), but a tragedy interrupts the investigation. Meanwhile, Dennis Wilson’s (Andy Favreau) courtship with Emma (Emma Dumont) ignites jealousy in Manson (Gethin Anthony).

Queen of the South: “Cuarenta Minutos”
USA Network, 10pm
Teresa has to prove her worth to Camila. Meanwhile, Epifanio gets closer in his hunt for Teresa, and back in Mexico, Brenda desperately tries to find Teresa and hide from the cartel.

Friday, July 1

Marco Polo
Season Premiere!
Season 2 (all episodes are available today) continues to follow the famed explorer’s adventures in Kublai Khan’s court in 13th-century China.

Gold Crown Christmas
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, beginning at 1pm
Original Films!
If you need respite from the summer heat, now through July 10, cozy up with recent favorites including The Christmas Note, A Christmas Wish, Magic Stocking and Debbie Macomber’s Dashing Through the Snow. Gold Crown Christmas kicks off today with Debbie Macomber’s Call Me Mrs. Miracle. On July 4, the event will present a marathon of Hallmark Hall of Fame titles including Christmas in Conway and Christmas With Holly.

Seinfeld: “The Soup Nazi”
TBS, 7pm
This is one of the hit series’ classic episodes and includes one of the show’s most famous lines, “No soup for you.” Larry Thomas, an unknown actor at the time, stole the episode (Season 7, Episode 6) as the militant soup chef. He later told The Hollywood Reporter about his once-in-a-lifetime audition, “I had a pair of green pants. I had this old Army shirt from back in the ’70s when my friend’s older brothers were in Vietnam. My wife went, ‘Oh my God. I’ve got an idea.’ She went into her part of the closet and took out a beret. We both stood there staring at the mirror. I looked like Saddam Hussein, who was not a very popular guy in 1995. I’m going, ‘Do I have the guts to walk in there like that?’” He did, and the rest is now TV history.

NASCAR XFINITY Series: Subway Firecracker 250
NBCSN, 7:30pm Live
The up-and-coming stars of NASCAR’s XFINITY Series provide the fireworks tonight at Daytona International Speedway for the Subway Firecracker 250, as NBC Sports begins its coverage of NASCAR’s 2016 season.

Shark Bait
Discovery Channel, 9pm
This Shark Week special goes to Cape Cod to explore how great white sharks have had to learn new ways to hunt seals there.

The Great British Baking Show
PBS, 9pm
Season Premiere!
Follow 12 contestants in their quest to be named Britain’s best amateur baker. Their first signature challenge is to make a Madeira cake.

Syfy, 9pm
Season Premiere!
After failing to rescue D’avin, Dutch and Johnny head to an outlaw-only barter town in the hopes of stealing a shield from the Connaver gang.

Blue Serengeti
Discovery Channel, 10pm
This Shark Week special follows famed marine biologist and shark expert Barbara Block as she uses breakthrough camera technology and tracking techniques to explore the world of great whites off the coast of California.

Dark Matter
Syfy, 10pm
Season Premiere!
The crew awakens to find themselves prisoners on the Hyperion-8 Maximum Security Galactic Detention Facility.